I am pleased to admit that I am almost done gathering everything I intend on taking with me on my trip and my pack weighs in at ~19 pounds! The only thing left to put together is a first aid kit and a knife kit (cooking supplies, etc.). I even managed to fit my climbing shoes, chalk, and harness in my bag!
This past week I got a few more gear items. I bought an ENO SingleNest Hammock with some extra rope and my favorite (and I’m ridiculously excited for it) Eagle Creek Pack-it Cubes! I fit all the clothes I intend on bringing with me (minus socks/undies) into one packing cube and I am ecstatic about it! I read somewhere that rolling your clothes, instead of folding them, gives you a lot more space. I have to say I agree and this is the technique I’ve used in packing this cube.
Now, to continue on with getting rid of things I don’t want to keep around my apartment and taking them to my grandmother’s for a very large garage sale. Also, keep adding things on Craigslist - that process really gets monotonous after the first 5 posts.
Going to visit Patches in Cali in a week and half! My last day of work is Next Monday (but I have the next three days off). Things are getting real and it’s starting to feel crazy!
It feels good to be so on top of things…
It’s no secret that I think most people could benefit from staying off the scale. In fact, I had a conversation about this recently. “Hey, Nia. I was just wondering, how much do you weigh?” “I don’t know. I haven’t weighed myself in over a year. In fact, the only time I know my scale weight is when I get my yearly physical.” “Are you serious? Well how do you keep track of things and know if you’re putting on fat?” “Well, first of all, I don’t care how much I weigh – numbers don’t define me. The number on the scale means nothing to me. What matters is that I like how I look, how I feel, how I perform, that my quality … Click to continue reading
This is something I strongly believe in, but have a hard time conveying to people.
I get really uncomfortable talking about weight and I’m uncomfortable with how uncomfortable it makes me! :)
I weigh myself less and less nowadays, only stepping on the scale MAYBE once per month. Before I weighed myself this month it had been probably about two months. I have been feeling really good. Not working out as often as ideal, but I’m not beating myself up about it - I’ve been very busy and very productive in other ways. I have felt great, with tons of energy, and if I’m being honest, have felt pleased with the way my body is toning up. However, the last time I stepped on the scale - maybe a week or two ago - I had gained almost 10 pounds since the last weigh in.
Instantly I thought to myself, I’m just going to pay better attention to things I may have been slacking on lately - exercise especially. I put the scale away and went about my day, not thinking more of it.
Yet ever so surely, I find that number lingering in my mind. I know it’s meaningless, I laugh it off and remember the things I am constantly telling others: “Think about how good you feel,” I say.
I think it’s interesting the way I still find myself thinking about it. I am slowly but surely starting to be able to not care about it at all. I hope to one day soon say I don’t with 100% confidence.
This is a pretty personal message to whoever is reading this. I hope this article gets some wheels turning in your head. Boys and Girls alike!
I’ve come to find I’m a very organized person, which is a very bizarre realization for me. I never used to be, that’s for sure. When did this happen? I pride myself in being able to Tetris-pack things into particular spaces and I find myself being ultra-conscious about the weight, size, and reasoning behind every item I am packing. I get excited about Packing Cubes and the business-travel side of me is totally geeking out over all the awesome travel gadgets there are out there and discovering the ones that will best assist me. I will admit I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on Pinterest for help in finding cool ideas. Additionally, just this week, buying my general base gear has got me quite excited!
First off, can I just talk up the REI Membership? That thing is freaking AWESOME! It’s a one-time $20 joining fee and it comes with amazing perks/coupons, an awesome yearly dividend, voting rights within the co-op, but the best part in my experience: the return policy. Satisfaction guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with a product for any reason, no matter how long you have had the item, you can return it for money back or store credit! I returned two items - an Osprey back-back that I have had for over a year and only used once and a pair of Vibram 5finger shoes that I have had for years. I even ran Tough Mudder in them! My complaint is that whenever I wear them for long periods of time, the tie part indents my skin and hurts my feet, so I find I don’t wear them very often anymore. I wasn’t expecting a return, but I had heard about the amazing policy and thought it was worth a shot to at least ask. Within 5 minutes of entering the store I already had $180 in-store credit, plus a $40 dividend. Needless to say, I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
Purchases from REI this week:
- Kelty Cosmic Down 32 Sleeping Bag
- Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus Sleeping Pad
- Cambria Flap Day Pack
- Vibram 5Fingers TrekSport Multisport
I also picked up a clothesline (which I think I am going to return and look up ideas/tips for putting my own together) and a half Buff. Sometimes my intuition just grabs a hold of me and I know when I’m just gonna LOVE something! The half Buff I got is amazing. I’ve basically been wearing it since I bought it. I will probably buy two more of these and only bring one bandana with me on the trip. [For those of you who are unaware, I love bandanas and have a small collection. I had full intentions of bringing 5-7 bandanas with me before I discovered these rad Buffs!]
There is certainly quite a few more items to gather up, but like I said, I’m quite excited about this start!
Travel Plan Update:
The next step in travel: the first full week of May I am going to go visit my travel buddy, Patches, in Etna, California where he currently resides. My grandmother has so graciously offered to let me take her car; mine has a lot of miles on it…
I am excited about this trip! I will get a realistic feel for the amount of weight I plan on packing around with me and some nice down time to just kick it with Patches and enjoy some beautiful landscapes. I hope the weather is nice!